Why were the Ocala Demands of 1890 written?
I'm taking classes this summer for acc, and when my teacher gives us our exams, we have to choose out of 8 topics and write a paragraph on them. I missed what he actually said the Ocala demands were and why they were written. Any help is appreciated!
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The Ocala Demands of 1890 was a reform platform developed by several farming groups, including the National Farmers' Alliance and Industrial Union (aka Southern Farmers' Alliance), the Farmers' Mutual Benefit Association and the Colored Farmers' Alliance. It was so named because their meetings were held in Ocala, Florida at the Marion Opera House. The farmers' groups demanded a number of political and economic changes that were later adopted by the People's Party. Among their demands were:
- abolishing national banks
- state "sub-treasuries"
- Congressional laws governing production and penalties
- "the free and unlimited coinage of silver"
- prohibition of land owned by aliens and railroads
- tax reforms
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